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The family of former Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer files a wrongful death lawsuit against the university

Katie Meyer’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford, claiming the 21-year-old goalkeeper was upset about having to face discipline following an incident in August 2021.

Meyer committed suicide end of February. The civil lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. USA Today got the lawsuit.

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FILE – Stanford’s Katie Meyer defends the goal against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019 in San Jose, California. Stanford defeated North Carolina in a shootout.

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The lawsuit says Meyer spilled coffee on a Stanford football player who allegedly sexually assaulted a football teammate. He also said Meyer received an official written notice on the evening of February 28 – the very night of his death – accusing him of “violation of the basic norm”.

The violation put her degree on hold a few months before she was supposed to graduate, USA Today reported.

Her parents argue in the lawsuit that the notice came “after hours” when Meyer was “alone in her room without any support or resources.” The lawsuit says Meyer responded to the email “expressing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she was at being accused and threatened with dismissal from college” and received a follow-up email providing for a meeting three days later.

Her parents said in the lawsuit that Meyer had “an acute stress reaction that impulsively drove her” to commit suicide. The lawsuit also says Meyer told Stanford employees in November 2021 that she had “feared for months that my clumsiness would ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a high note.”

Stanford assistant vice president of external communications Dee Mostofi told USA Today on Wednesday that the school “strongly disagrees” with the lawsuit’s assertion that Stanford was responsible for Meyer’s death and had no not seen the complaint.

Meyer was part of the 2019 national champion women’s soccer team. She stopped two shots on goal in Stanford’s 5-4 shootout win over North Carolina after a scoreless draw.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or in a suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information on mental health care resources and support, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email info@nami.org.


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